Raw and Ready: Growing a Healthy Fast Casual

Modern Restaurant Management

The owner of Delicious Raw, a healthy fast casual concept launched in 2013, is looking to grow the brand and create a one-stop-shop for healthy consumables for a broad audience. We have plans to open another location in South Florida in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood in 2021.

How Restaurants Can Remain Competitive in 2021

7 Shifts

We’re not talking about just surviving the pandemic—but thriving through 2021 and beyond, and setting new standards. For fast-casual and quick-service restaurants—no more lines. 2020 was a year that the restaurant industry won’t soon forget.

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Be Nimble, Be Quick: What Consumers Want in 2021

Modern Restaurant Management

And, based on our recent survey of 830 US consumers, it’s likely a good mantra for 2021. A snapshot of the most recent survey results follows, with insights to guide 2021 planning. Marketing Operations 2021 guest expectations customer desires Revenue Management Systems

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MRM Research Roundup: Mid-January 2021 Edition

Modern Restaurant Management

This edition of MRM Research Roundup features restaurant industry year-end totals, how restaurant labor is evolving, fast-food brand intimacy and top cities for locavores. Top Fast-Food Brand Intimacy. ” To view the fast-food industry findings, click here.

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Restaurant Experts’ 2021 Outlook, Part Two

Modern Restaurant Management

Modern Restaurant Management (MRM) magazine asked restaurant industry experts for their opinions on what we can expect in 2021. And three, above all, we see the need for digital marketing automation continuing and growing into 2021 and beyond. My outlook for 2021 is good.

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Simple Restaurant Marketing Plan for 2021 [PDF Template]

7 Shifts

With a new year comes new challenges, and after the year for the industry that was 2020, we want to help set your restaurant up for success in 2021. Make all touchpoints of your restaurant feel like the cool, casual, fusion, or fine dining establishment it is.

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Fast-Casual Academia, Climatarian Menu and Ice Auction

Modern Restaurant Management

Our investment community has energized around the launch and we’re looking forward to opening the first of several locations in 2021.” Food trucks, pop-up supper clubs, fast-casual restaurants, and brewpubs are all a part of the unique culinary fabric of this country.

Predictions for 2021: Part 2

Foodable

In this episode of The Barron Report, host Paul Barron gives listeners more of his predictions for the restaurant and hospitality industry in 2021. Three Key Points: Fast casual will explode exponentially and overtake QSR by 2025. Video The Barron Report Technology Fast Casual

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Winners and Losers of 2020 Impacting 2021

Foodable

Barron and LeFranc explore the brand successes and failures of 2020, and what that means for restaurants in 2021. Fast casual is going to struggle without drive-thrus and other convenient options for pickup.

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10 Restaurant Concepts And How To Choose One For Your Business

Sling

1) Fast Casual. Fast casual restaurants cater to customers looking for an option that is relatively quick but is healthier than fast food and more affordable than a casual dining establishment. 2) Fast Food. 4) Casual.

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Building a Pandemic-Proof Model

Foodable

The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry. Video Podcast Fast Casual Fast Casual Podcast

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MOD Pizza Brand Analysis

Foodable

The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry. Video Fast Casual Fast Casual Podcast

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MRM EXCLUSIVE: Five CX Strategies Restaurants Can Use to Gain a Competitive Edge During Challenging Times

Modern Restaurant Management

According to Upserve’s 2020 State of the Restaurant Industry Report, the industry will collectively lose $240 billion, with casual dining sales volume down by 60 percent and fast casual down 50 percent.

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Using All Service Models to Position Your Brand

Foodable

The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry. Video Fast Casual Podcast Fast Casual

12 Trends That Will Impact the Restaurant Industry in 2021

Modern Restaurant Management

In 2021, restaurant marketing strategy, restaurant design, and internal systems—for independents and chains alike—will evolve, and technology and robotics will become commonplace.

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MRM Franchise Feed: Modular Chicken and 2020 Year-End Results

Modern Restaurant Management

Dave’s Hot Chicken is spicing up its 2021 franchise development strategy. The brand is set to open at least 30 locations in 2021, and plans to have an additional 300 units in development. All five restaurants are slated to open in 2021.

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Restaurant SPAC-ilicious: What Is a SPAC, and How They May Impact the Foodservice Industry

Aaron Allen & Associates

There are currently (as of January 2021) 283 SPACs seeking a target. Fast Acquisition Corp. It was launched by former executives of Jamba Juice and Barteca and raised $240 million in January 2021 ($40 million above target). You’ve probably been hearing a lot about SPACs.

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6 Tips for Restaurant Success in 2021

Restaurant Engine

It seems poised to continue at least for part of 2021. To help you, we look at six tips for restaurant success in 2021. #1: Restaurant customers in 2021 are going to be looking for contactless options when they frequent your restaurant.

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Restaurant Industry Outlook for 2021 – Looking Ahead to Better Days

The Restaurant Group

2021 Restaurant Industry Trends. After nine months of adapting to a new normal, here is our restaurant industry outlook for 2021 : 1. As part of our 2021 industry outlook, we foresee flexible seating and modified dining remaining part of the industry trends for the foreseeable future.

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Cauliflower Rice Is Chipotle’s First Menu Addition of 2021

EATER

Just in time for the start of 2021 and the whiff of weight-loss industrial complex that permeates this season, the fast-casual chain is adding cauliflower rice to its menu nationwide. Chipotle is offering cauliflower rice for a limited time. Photo: Chipotle.

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The Digital-Forward Service Model

Foodable

The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry.

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Why Become a Franchise Owner?

Goliath Consulting

We discussed in our earlier blogs why it is a great time to buy a food franchise in 2020 through 2021. Franchising business ownership fast food fast-casual franchise business franchise owner restaurant consulting restaurant industry

Are We Growing Too Fast?

Aaron Allen & Associates

While we often say it’s easier to ride a wild stallion (in this case a fast-growing restaurant chain) than drag a dead horse (one that’s not growing at all) — the big question that many restaurant chains need to answer is: how fast should we be growing? Potential Risks of Growing Too Fast. At the end of 2016, the company announced a plan to open 12,000 new locations by 2021 — increasing store count by 48%. A Case Study: The Fast-Casual Pizza Segment.

Sweetgreen Brand Analysis

Foodable

The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry. Video Fast Casual Podcast Fast Casual

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Why Now and into 2021 is a Great Time to Buy a Franchise

Goliath Consulting

The fast-casual brand Dave’s Hot Chicken has now more than 200 units committed despite its franchise initiative being just launched in October 2019 (3). 2020 and 2021 will be optimal years to take advantage of low interest rates and better deals with the franchisors.

COVID-19 Restaurant Industry Trends

The Restaurant Group

The COVID-19 restaurant trends seen now will likely continue well into 2021 and perhaps even 2022. Changes and Opportunities in 2020 and Beyond. Needless to say, this has been a year like no other with unprecedented challenges. These will likely continue well into the foreseeable future.

Trader Joe’s and Other Grocers Will Pay Employees to Get Vaccinated

EATER

Back in December, Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol told CNBC that the fast-casual chain would “strongly encourage” employees to get vaccinated and would cover costs associated with receiving the vaccine, but would stop short of requiring that all workers be vaccinated.

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Subway’s New Protein Bowls Are Basically Piles of Cold Cuts

EATER

At this point, pretty much every fast-casual restaurant has a protein bowl on its menu and now Subway is getting in on the action. link] — David Roth (@david_j_roth) January 12, 2021. In addition to cold cuts, Subway protein bowls offer steak and chicken. Subway.

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For a ‘Proper Proper Proper’ Baked Sweet Potato, Freeze It First

EATER

Sin is the lead chef at Junzi, a fast-casual Chinese restaurant with locations throughout New York City. Lucas Sin.

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2021 Food Trend Predictions: At-Home Coffee, Personalized Tasting Menus, and Heritage Cooking

EATER

Plus, Japan has a cafe for pessimists, and more news to start your day This year upended the way a lot of us eat; what will 2021 bring? TODAY asked a dietician what 2021 will bring, and the trends are again influenced by the ongoing pandemic. Shutterstock.

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The Future is Now Keynote | Paul Barron

Foodable

Data currently suggests that grocery stores will outpace restaurants through 2021, largely due to consumer behavior changes during the COVID-19 crisis. This is the biggest shift in food since fast casual. In 2021, we will see a smaller group of consumers using third party delivery, and it will continue its decline into 2023.” - Paul Barron “$125 billion is my estimate for 2025 [for fast casual revenue projections].

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Restaurant Insiders on 2020 Lessons Learned, Part One

Modern Restaurant Management

With this in mind, there were certainly areas, like off-premise, that we knew we needed to fast-track in order to keep providing guests with the First Watch food and experience they know and love.

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Simple Restaurant Marketing Plan for 2020 [PDF Template]

7 Shifts

There are only 4 months of 2020 left where you can push your restaurant’s marketing hard and set yourself up for success going into 2021. Make all touchpoints of your restaurant feel like the cool, casual, fusion, or fine dining establishment it is.

Restaurant Insiders on 2020 Lessons Learned, Part Two

Modern Restaurant Management

As a result of this trend, we’ve shifted our focus to provide more Take & Bake options and even have plans to launch additional varieties of our Take & Bake breads in early 2021. Intuit reports that by 2021, the gig economy will surge and add 9.2

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MRM Franchise Feed: Frictionless QDOBA and Crisp & Greens Goes National

Modern Restaurant Management

The fast-casual brand continues to grow amid the pandemic and is on track to open more than 30 restaurants this year. The program will begin accepting applications in the first quarter of 2021. The first round of locations will open in 2021.

Must Be Something in the Sunshine

Modern Restaurant Management

“We’re firing on cylinders to bring our all-natural, ‘better for you’ food to many more people in 2021 and beyond,” said Guzzetta. We know our flavors have mass appeal and we expect to compete well with all fast casual chains as we make our way into new cities.”

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MRM Research Roundup: End-of-April 2020-COVID-19 Effects Edition

Modern Restaurant Management

Other businesses have seen a surge of consumer interest, including chicken-wing joints (+84 percent), pizzerias (+71 percent) and fast-food restaurants (+55 percent). dine out more often to fulfill basic needs and gravitate toward drive-thru and take-away options associated with QSR and fast casual. and Asia, frequent users tend to be more pleasure-seeking and favor options such as meal kits as well as delivery and take-away from casual dining restaurants.”

MRM Research Roundup: Holiday Edition

Modern Restaurant Management

Additionally, the results indicate that the negative effect of COVID-19 was smaller for fast-food restaurants compared to full-service establishments. If there is a specific type of business that could benefit during the remainder of 2020, it could be the fast food industry.

MRM Research Roundup: Mid-December 2020 Edition

Modern Restaurant Management

And it is relevant to mention that this is not driven by fine dining or even upscale casual. Steak was the most mentioned menu item in casual dining when describing a positive food experience. ” 2021 Resolutions.

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A Yum! Habit, Chasing DoorDash and BellaBot

Modern Restaurant Management

parent company of fast-casual restaurant chain The Habit Burger Grill, for approximately $375 million in a cash transaction. “As a fast-casual concept with strong unit economics, The Habit Burger Grill is a fantastic addition to the Yum! Cardmembers will need to activate by December 31, 2021 to enjoy the new benefit. This edition of MRM News Bites features Yum!

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Make it This Winter and Step Up To The Table

Modern Restaurant Management

“As we approach the 50th Anniversary of Starbucks in 2021, we honor our past while looking to the future with a long runway of healthy growth ahead,” said Johnson. Currently available in parts of Florida and Massachusetts, the national rollout will continue through 2021.

Our 2020 Pizza Report

KaTom

To restructure its long-term debt, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July, though the fast-casual chain promised to remain open. This partnership will run through the 2020 to 2021 season. The Deep Dish on Pizza Chains During COVID-19. From tens of thousands of immediate hires to permanent store closures, the pandemic’s far-reaching impact on pizza chains has been topped with record-shattering successes and halting disappointments.

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MRM Franchise Feed: CPK in Canada and Real Famous BBQ

Modern Restaurant Management

Their enthusiasm for our brand coupled with their deep experience developing successful polished casual and fast-casual restaurant brands in Alberta make them the perfect partners to bring CPK into Canada for the first time. Ascend Hospitality Group held the grand opening of Real Famous BBQ, a fast casual prototype and brand evolution of Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que, part of the BBQ Holdings family.